Temporary Employment Register - Assistant Border Force Officer (WA)

Requisition Number: 124980
Position Number/s: Several
Classification: APS Level 2; Register  
Location: WA  
Division: Ac West & Close Support  
Branch: Operations West  
Section: Various  
Security Classification: Baseline Vetting 
Salary: $54,439.00 to $61,245.00  
Contact: operationswestcos@abf.gov.au
Period of Vacancy: Non ongoing - Temporary/Casual
Number of Vacancies: Several


Applications close: Thursday 23 November 2023 at 11:59pm (midnight) - AEST. Late applications will not be accepted.


Your registration will remain active until 23 November 2023. After this time you will need to submit a new expression of interest by reapplying.


Who can apply:
Please note this opportunity is available to current Australian Public Service employees and all eligible members of the community.


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The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for centrally coordinated strategy and policy leadership in relation to domestic national security arrangements, law enforcement, emergency management, counter-terrorism, social cohesion, the protection of our sovereignty, the integrity of our border and the resilience of our national infrastructure.

The Australian Border Force, an operationally independent body within the Department of Home Affairs, is Australia's frontline border law enforcement agency and Australia's customs service. The Australian Border Force's mission is to protect Australia's border and facilitate the legitimate movement of people and goods across it.


Overview of the Australian Border Force:

We are Australia's frontline border law enforcement agency and customs service. We are an operationally independent body within the Home Affairs Portfolio. 

Our mission is to protect Australia's border and enable legitimate travel and trade. Our vision is to be a global leader in border law enforcement and trusted partner that helps build a safe, secure and prosperous Australia. 


The ABF is responsible:

  • For all operational border related activities, including the management of travellers, goods, cargo and onshore compliance, detention and removal operations
  • The end-to-end management of the immigration detention network, ensuring the security, safety and welfare of detainees in immigration detention facilities and safeguarding non-citizen minors in migration programs
  • Policy and regulatory frameworks to facilitate the movement of travellers and goods across our borders, supporting Australia’s economy and security. 


The ABF works collaboratively across the Home Affairs Portfolio and with domestic and international partners to identify, deter, disrupt, detect and manage border risks. 


The role of the ABF requires the confidence of the Australian Government, Australian community, our international and domestic partners, industry and civil society stakeholders. This confidence is realised through the demonstration of the key ABF values of integrity, respect, teamwork, professionalism and accountability. These values are the foundation for the leadership role all staff in the ABF are expected to demonstrate. 


About the role:

Irregular and Intermittent Employees (IIEs) are employed with the ABF at the APS2 classification and assist frontline operational teams to meet peaks associated with the movement of people and goods across the border. IIEs are predominantly required to work at international airports to alleviate pressure on existing teams during periods of increased flight departures and arrivals. They are also utilised to work in teams dealing with cruise liners, International Mail and Air Cargo. This includes work undertaken outside of standard business hours.


These roles are frontline roles which require officers to wear the ABF uniform and represent the ABF professionally in the public domain. Officers undertake administrative and operational support duties, as well as passenger processing. Officers must be capable of interacting with members of the community and foreign visitors.


If you are found suitable and offered to undertake casual work for the ABF as an IIE, you will be offered work hours on an irregular and intermittent basis in line with our ABF officers. This includes work within standard business hours, work after hours, on weekends, and/or on public holidays. Work hours will be offered intermittently and sometimes at very short notice. We are looking for individuals who are able to regularly and flexibly commute to ABF sites within their locale as needed. Some roles are located in metropolitan areas and remote locations.


Our ideal candidate:

The ABF is currently looking for flexible, adaptable and reliable people to undertake work on a casual basis, or on a non-ongoing basis at the APS 2 classification.


You will receive appropriate training in order to undertake requisite functions, such as passenger clearances. Training is currently 4 weeks in duration and is undertaken on a full time basis. Successful completion of training is a condition of employment


Specific duties/responsibilities:

In the ABF we are looking for Officers who can:

  • Commit to our values and behaviours, maintaining a high level of integrity and professionalism
  • Meet and maintain stringent medical and psychometric standards, as fitness, health and mobility are vital to our work
  • Commit to developing their skills and knowledge
  • Exercise lawful authority efficiently and appropriately
  • Meet and maintain high standards of operational readiness
  • Use critical thinking, sound judgement, and be prepared to take reasonable and necessary actions
  • Commit to community engagement and protection as well as client service.


Applicant response:

As part of your application, you will be required to prepare a response document (minimum 11pt font in MSWord or PDF format), which you will upload in the next section.


Please ensure you read the instructions carefully, noting failure to address identified requirements may lead to your application being deemed ineligible.


Please prepare an Applicant Response (approximately half a page) in relation to the advertised role, outlining:

  • Why you would like to work as an IIE with the Australian Border Force.


You will then be asked a series of screening questions that will be used to assess your suitability for the role.

How to apply:

Prior to preparing your response it is recommended you review the Work Level Standards relevant to the classification you are applying to. It may also be useful to refer to the Integrated Leadership System information relevant to the classification. You are required to submit your application in Home Affairs' online recruitment system (ourPeople).

As part of your application you will need to provide:

  • Your CV
  • Your Applicant Response document
  • Details of referees
  • Include your full name and the Requisition Number - 124980 in the footer of any documents being uploaded.


Eligibility and Specific Conditions of Employment

To be eligible to work with the Department of Home Affairs you must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen
  • Fulfil the Department’s minimum requirements by satisfactorily answering all screening questions during the application process
  • Obtain and maintain the required AGSVA clearance
  • Obtain and maintain a current Employment Suitability Clearance
  • Satisfy a probation period
  • Undergo a health assessment (if applicable).

To be eligible to work in some roles, you may be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including any COVID-19 booster dose to maintain an 'up-to-date' status). Candidates should be aware that in roles where vaccination against COVID-19 is required by public health orders/directions or other legislation, if a candidate is not fully vaccinated or is unwilling to be vaccinated within a reasonable period, they may not be offered that role.


Technical Assistance

If you are experiencing problems submitting your application online, please email the nature of the issues you are experiencing to Recruitment (recruitment@homeaffairs.gov.au) including screen captures if necessary. A response will be sent during business hours.



Remuneration: The Department offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position.

Information about employment in the Department of Home Affairs, and advice on how to apply for vacancies can be obtained from the Department’s website at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about-us/careers

If you have identified as having a disability, please indicate whether you require any support throughout the selection process. For further information please contact Recruitment: recruitment@homeaffairs.gov.au